Kristian Englund is a senior Architect of YSA Design, former Y & S Architects, where after having ventured the world approaching ship design & construction from different angles for 10 years, came back to YSA in 2018 bringing added value and ideas about sustainability and future design methods. YSA Design is based in Oslo, Norway and has specialized in designing cruise ships, river cruises and small ships since 1985.
Kristian went to Architecture school at the University of Trondheim, Norway, and was already introduced to the cruise industry as a summer intern at Y & S Architects in 2007. After this Kristian has worked on various design projects under his own name such as prototype design for the Royal class ships for Princess cruises, Britannia for P&O, Dry-dock management projects for Disney, and later doing sustainability projects in collaboration with Carnival Corporation and NCL.
Although Kristian has out of curiosity and sometimes necessity approached some projects from a more technical point of view, his heart will always be on the design side, so when the opportunity of coming back to his former employer presented itself in 2018, it was an easy choice to step back into the ship design approach where he feels the most at home.
Kristian is currently involved in the lead architect team of a series of large cruise ships, allowing him to see all sides of the design and construction process at the same time. This has led to new ideas on how to merge sustainability efforts and future work-methods into the design process, and he is currently leading a collaboration project aimed to simplify integration between sustainability and design by using big data as a catalyst.